SEBASTOPOL (CBS SF) — An allegedly intoxicated driver who crashed into a power pole in West Sonoma County told CHP officers he was on his way to the North Pole to see Santa Claus.
Lanes in both directions of Bodega Highway in Sonoma County were reopened Sunday morning after the car crashed into a pole, according to the California Highway Patrol.READ MORE: Bay Area Japanese Seafood Restaurant Owners Charged With Tax Evasion, Wage Theft
Officers responded to a report of the crash on Bodega Highway near Bohemian Highway shortly before 4 a.m., CHP officials said.
Patrol officers were unable to immediately get to the vehicle because downed power lines were in the way, according to the CHP.
22-year old Jeffrey Ainsworth of Sebastopol “related to the officers that he was on his way to the North Pole to see Santa Claus,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Will You Get A Fourth Relief Payment?
Ainsworth was booked on multiple charges, including driving without a license, and had to be subdued by multiple people after getting into a fight with a CHP officer.
CHP officials said they notified PG&E of the downed lines.
A Sig-alert was issued at 4:45 a.m. and the lanes reopened shortly before 8 a.m., CHP officials said.
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